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PARRENT, Edwin Joseph Mandell

June 1, 1943 – February 25, 2012

Ed was 68 years young and fought a courageous battle with cancer. A respected Geophysicist, Ed’s passion was the Earth which made him very successful in his field. His career took him and his family half way around the world. His interests were many, from solar energy, architecture, farming, gardening, sailing and building Lego. Ed was “The Gadget Guy” and also loved following hockey and watching the Calgary Flames .

His memory will be kept alive by his loving wife of 47 years – Sharon, and his three daughters Rochelle, Kim (Barry) and Robyne (Nathan). Also – Luci Fuzz-butt (the family cat) Ed was always surrounded by girls. Survived by his grandchildren, Solange, Danae, Candiss and Christian and several nieces and nephews, Nicholle Carriere, Kevin (Sarah), Gisele (Greg), Bob (Sharlene) and Michelle and Marcus (Tammy) Borduzak and Shauna (Danny) Porodo and Scott (Gloria) McKean; 5 great nephews – Matthew, Nolan, Matej, Gus and Matthew. Also, two great nieces Jocelyn and Danielle. Uncle Ed always entertained and enriched the lives of those around him.
He will be forever missed by his two devoted sisters Maureen Carriere and Lou ( Don) Borduzak, his sister in law Lorraine (Morgan)McKean and his favourite mother in law Melvina Hart.

Ed was pre-deceased by his mother Alice and his father Fred Parrent and father- in-law Richard Hart.

In lieu of flowers, if friends and family so choose, donations can be made to The MS Society or The Meow Foundation (for Lucis’ friends). Two charities he firmly believed in.

In celebrating Ed’s life we invite you to send photos and share your comments If you wish to add photos please use the following dropbox

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Luke’s Catholic Church (Corner of Northmount Drive & Northland Drive N.W.), on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through, or to

In living memory of Edwin Parrent, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. The obituary is Ed to a “T”. For the 10 years of more that our paths in life crossed, he was ever happy and passionate about everything he did. And he really was The Gadget Guy! For example, he was the first person I knew to have a computer – a Commodore 64! 🙂

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

    Love Neil

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  2. Luisa Hertzer :

    To the Parrent Family:
    I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Luisa Hertzer

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  3. Judi MacDonald and Grafton Cole :

    Dearest Sharon and family. As you all are in shock so are we. You are in our thoughts every minute of each day. We are so sad to learn of the passing dear Ed. We all had wonderful times togethers over the many years we have been friends. Dear Edie, all of us will miss his smile, kindness and good sense of humour.

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  4. Betty Laforce :

    To Sharon and family:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. May you find peace in the thought that your loved one is in a a better place.

    With Deepest Sympathy

    Cousin Betty (Maxine)

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  5. Elizabeth and Andy Pap :

    Dear Mrs Parrent.
    It was a shock to me when you called about Ed’s passing. The saturday and sunday before his death we talked a lot about your solar house and his work. He was upbeat and looking forward to going home in a few days. Monday he he started to get tired. Tuesday he hardly ate anything and was drifting in and out of sleep. I left the hospital Tuesday evening and by that time he was in poor shape. He had a long bone scan and CT scan sessions and I thought He was just tired. I said good bye and he wished me good luck. Ed was a wonderful man and please accept our deepest sympathy.

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  6. Curtis Booth :

    I was very sad to read about the death of Ed. I first met him when I started work as a young geophysicist at Pacific. He was a terrific mentor and a tremondously intersting person to know. Later I was lucky enough to have Ed as my boss at Murphy for nearly ten years. He was one of the best bosses I ever had, and always knew he had by best interests at heart. I never thought of him as my boss, so much as my friend and colleague. Knowing him and working with hime made my life better.

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  7. Gay and Mike Morris and Family :

    Sharon, Rochelle, Kim and Robyne. We are sorry to hear about Edwins passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. This is a difficult time, but remember he is with family and will “always be watching over you”

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  8. John Maruszeczka :

    I worked for/with Ed for several years at Murphy Oil. Ed was a man you could like, admire, and respect….and I did.
    I am sorry for your loss.

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  9. I would like to send my condolences to Edwin’s Family and Friends


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  10. Susan MacDonald :

    Whenever I saw Eddie, his warm smile would always bring you close and I always felt loved and welcomed. He will always be remembered and never forgotten. Our hearts are with the family and to his lovely wife sharon. May he rest in peace, celebrate his life not how he left us!

    Love always Susan and Christine

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